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The LSAA 2020 Conference will run over two consecutive days with a gala Conference Dinner and Design Awards on the Thursday night (September 17 2020).

There is a mix of invited Keynote speakers as well as speakers from the local industry.

Some sessions are devoted to recent projects and some are devoted to industry issues such as performance of fabric structures in fire.

There is a pre-conference Collaborative Workshop to be held in conjunction with the Specialised Textiles Association on Wednesday September 16 2020

Both events will be held at Swinburne University (Hawthorn, Melbourne).

OUR CONFERENCE AND WORKSHOP HAVE BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL A TIME IN 2021


As an additional event leading up to LSAA 2020 and as part of Design Week Melbourne, on March 20 2020 there is a public screening of the film about Frei Otto.

Frei Otto is regarded as the father of lightweight structures and his major works such as the stadia for the Munich Olympics, many fabric structures, timber grid shells, experiments with soap films and his willingness to encourage others are part of his legacy.

The Film is called Spanning the Future and more details including bookings (free, through Eventbrite) are in the A4 Flyer 

UPDATE (March 16 2020) - OWING TO THE CORONA VIRUS SITUATION THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED


Pre-Conference Workshop (September 16 2020)

Details are being finalized for a combined workshop dealing with the design, fabrication and erection of small to medium-sized tensioned fabric structures.

We will be working collaboratively with the Specialised Textiles Association (STA)

For updates on the Workshop please refer to the separate Workshop page

Day 1 Conference (September 17 2020)

Session 1 - Welcome and Keynote Address
                Chair Peter Lim 

Session 2 - Fire Issues and their Impact on the Industry
                Chair Mike Lester

Session 3 - Projects in Australia and Overseas
                Chair Scott Rathie

Session 4 - Public Lecture

Conference Dinner and LSAA Design Awards

Dinner Address by Professor Jane Burry, Head School of Architecture

Day 2 Conference (September 18 2020)

Session 5 - Keynote Address

Session 6 - New Digital Technologies & Research

Session 7 - Studio Workshop

Session 8 - Student Design Project Report

Closure